Craig The Moffat County Bulldog Hockey Club shook off the early morning cobwebs against visiting Rock Springs on Saturday, coming back from a two-goal deficit.
Rock Springs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs woke up and tied the Miners, 5-5.
"I'm very pleased with the outcome," coach Jim Hall said. "This isn't a morning team. We started slow, but we warmed up well."
The Bulldogs out shot the Miners 21-3 in the second period, tallying four goals to take a 5-3 lead.
Captain Scott Smith recorded his second hat trick of the season when he scored unassisted from the high slot on a break away, propelling his team to the two-goal advantage.
"We started slow, but once we found our feet we came back," Smith said. "I wish we had kept up the pressure in the third period."
The third period got away from the Bulldogs. The two-goal lead vanished in a matter of minutes, but the team held on for the tie.
Nathan Tomlin scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, but he wanted a better outcome for his team.
"We should have won this game," he said. "We were down two, then up two. We were trying to play defense in the third period and our intensity wasn't as high as it needed to be,"
Miners coach Mitch Radovich wasn't pleased with the end result, although it wasn't a league game and wouldn't affect either team in the standings.
"I'm not happy with the tie at all," he said. "We had the lead and we let it slip away. They are a good team, but I think we could have done better."
The Bulldogs totaled 37 shots to the Miner's 18 and had its best game of the young season penalty wise, totaling just four blemishes after being struck with 15 in its last game against visiting Kremmling.
"We have worked hard this week on our discipline," Hall said. "We are getting to where we need to be as far as that's concerned. We spotted then two goals and managed to get a point out of it. That shows the team's hard work."
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